The artist's wife portages the canoe at Ida Lake in 2006.

Ann and Ida Lake

The artist reflects on changing times on the North Island.

One feeling we all have in common these days seems to be that we have no control over how quickly time flies by us. The days that are way behind us now feel like they were here just yesterday!

The painting shown here was done in 2006 at Ida Lake. It is one of my wife, Ann, carrying our canoe which we’ve had since 1958, the year we got married. This canoe carried us over multitudes of lakes when we lived in Manitoba and has a yoke built into the middle which was used to carry it over multitudes of portages. In 2006, as a model for my painting, Ann was still able to carry it all by herself.

Our daughter, Lorece and her husband, Dennis, have been trying to get us into action once more and this summer coerced us into buying roof racks for our van. I`m not sure what has happened to our bodies but Ann and I (both of us!) can barely lift the canoe up on to the racks! We have done it, though, and have had some marvelous paddles in the hinterland, along with the camaraderie of our kids, who wanted to make sure we were OK out there!

Ida Lake is the little gem of a lake that lies next to the much larger Bonanza Lake. It is the lake that is being used to feed the new Hydro Electric powerhouse at the mouth of the Kokish River. Changes like this scare me because I don`t think anyone knows with any surety what the effect will be. Will I be able to dip my paddle into the same waters without grounding out?

An interesting Sunday drive is to go and see what they are doing up at Ida Lake. This where the dam is being built that will feed the huge penstocks that take the water to the powerhouse. To get there you need to take the Beaver Cove road but instead of turning left at the Telegraph Cove part, turn right, on past the Sea Soil place and just follow the heavily used road. Much of the workers’ traffic goes here so watch out for Sunday workers!

Meanwhile check out some of our wonderful lakes back in the hills. If you have a canoe or a kayak, so much the better!

Gordon Henschel owns an art gallery in Nimpkish Heights. www.henschel.ca

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Collaborative effort removes salmon farms from BC coast

The first farms to be removed were those in closest to the Ahta and Viner Rivers.

North Island Concert Society: Marc Atkinson Trio coming to the Civic Centre

The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 18 at the Port Hardy Civic Centre.

MP Blaney welcomes feedback on medical assistance in dying legislation

Over the next two weeks the Government of Canada is holding consultations… Continue reading

Picture perfect: Get the most from your wedding photography

Stop by the Comox Community Centre on Jan. 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.!

VIDEO: North Island Atom Eagles run over Victoria Racquet Club B2 Kings

“This team has come so far this year, from a tough time in tiering to where we are now”

Kids across Canada more at risk of hospitalization from flu this season: doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam said influenza B does not usually peak until February or later

BC Ferries hybrid ships arrive in Victoria on Saturday

The battery-operated vessels will take over smaller routes

Theft victim confronts suspects with baseball bat on Vancouver Island

RCMP in Nanaimo seek to identify of two people alleged to have used a stolen credit card

Closed mills, housing surge support a positive forecast for lumber industries

B.C. lumber producers have closed mills accounting for 18% of province’s capacity, RBC report says

Good Samaritan pays part of rent for B.C. woman facing eviction in can-collecting dispute

Zora Hlevnjak, 76, supplements her pension by collecting cans and receiving public donations

Kelowna’s ‘Baby Mary’ finds biological parents after more than 30 years

Geneologist and DNA test helped her connect with her biological parents

Kelowna hotel to award couples for baby-making with Nooner deal

The deal includes a free stay every Valentine’s Day for the next 18 years

Clerk bruised, traumatized after armed robbery at Nanaimo liquor store

Few details on male suspect in Wednesday incident, says Nanaimo RCMP

One last blast of winter tonight for parts of the Island before temperatures on the rise

A snowfall warning is in effect Friday including east Vancouver Island.

Most Read